CRICKET: Dropped catches cost Louth dear against strong Woodhall Spa

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Louth Cricket Club 1st XI hosted mid-table Woodhall Spa in their latest ECB League match.

With heavy skys and thunderstorms passing the ground Louth skipper Andy Carrington won the toss and had no hesitation is asking Woodhall to bat first.

Carrington and Amila Weththasinghe opened the bowling for Louth and put the pressure on, but catches were put down and run out opportunities missed.

The one wicket to fall was courtesy of a tremendous diving catch by wicket keeper Graham West off Tom Corden’s bowling. With 22 overs gone and the score 68-1 heavy rain forced the players to leave the field and an early tea was taken.

The rain was replaced by scorching sun and this coupled with the efforts of the Louth players ensured the ground was fit to play by mid-afternoon.

On the resumption Corden and West combined again to remove ex Sri Lankan Test player Bandara. Jason Collinson then marked his return by running out Australian O’Brien and then Carrington removed his opposite skipper Luffman with West taking a regulation catch.

Woodhall’s response was to counter attack and opener Cheer, who had been dropped three times, made 80 very useful runs before he was finally caught, top edging an Amila delivery to provide West with his fourth catch of the innings.

Amila claimed two further wickets, one courtesy of a terrific one handed catch by Laurence Scott leaping and reaching backwards over his head. Phil Nicholson also took his first ECB wicket with Collinson taking another great catch on the leg side boundary. By the end of their 50 overs Woodhall had set a competitive score of 211-8.

With regular opener Stewart West away and number three batsman Medler unable to bat due to a hand injury incurred when fielding, Louth re-jigged their batting line-up.

Unfortunately the top order was quickly dismissed by the Woodhall attack of O’Brien and Parsons with the away side catching everything that came their way.

With four wickets down and only 5 runs on the scoreboard the home side were in danger of recording one of their lowest totals. Thankfully a level of respectability and normality was brought about with Graham West (19) and Tom Corden (41) playing fluently and showing that runs could be scored.

In the end Louth were bowled out for 99, but not before a bit of fun courtesy of tail-ender Robbie Dwyer. Dwyer smashed Bandara for 6 before the leg-spinner extracted his revenge next ball. Thinking his was the last wicket of the innings and therefore the end of the match Dwyer started to shake hands with the opposition until it was pointed out that Louth still had one batsman to come.

Louth slip to sixth in the league and next week face a tough fixture away at Bracebridge Heath.

Man of the match performance went to Tom Corden for his strong all round performance with bat, ball and in the field. Thanks to club sponsors Kenwick Park Estate and match ball sponsors Classic Freight Limited.